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    Failing on the last rep

    I think there should be a sticky with information on what to do if you cant do your last rep on an excersise (without a spotter). Im sure there are things you can do to minimize injury.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BFGUITAR
    I think there should be a sticky with information on what to do if you cant do your last rep on an excersise (without a spotter). Im sure there are things you can do to minimize injury.
    There is only one regular exercise that I can think of that this occurs and that is benching. Why are you doing it until failure without a spotter anyways? That makes no sense. If you have to though, just take the clips of the ends and when you can't push it up, tilt the bar to the side and let the weights slide off.
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    Do you know what happens when you tilt the bar to one side and let two plates slip off, while there are still two plates on the other side? Try it out some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tofer
    Do you know what happens when you tilt the bar to one side and let two plates slip off, while there are still two plates on the other side? Try it out some time.
    Well I was giving an example of an emergency case basis. I know the bar will flip very fast to the other side taking out whatever equipment/people/walls there are that are standing there not spotting you. Some people let it come to their chest and slide it off that way. I don't know why this would ever happen if you have no spotter. Just do lighter weight or rep until you know the one you just did is the last one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesBOMB
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    I've had it happen a couple times on bench. As long as you don't give out and drop the weight, it's not too bad. Just slowly set the bar back down onto your chest or stomach and then tilt the bar so that one side is resting on the ground. The hardest part is trying to roll the bar down your body so you can lift it and sit up, but it's not impossible. I'd say the worst part is when your trying to move the bar while it's still resting on you and your shirtless. Yes, the gnarling on the bar can grate your skin like cheese....
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesBOMB
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    Don't go to failure. If you misjudge your abilities don't be afraid to yell for help when you are stuck under the bar.
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    If there is no spotter smith machine is your best bet. IMO if its 225 or under you can just roll it down your body and sit up. If your playing with 3 wheels I dont advise rolling or tipping, maybe screaming. If your at a gym there should be no reason it would get stuck on you unless 1. your alone (3am?) 2. they are *******s. Iv seen alot of people in my gym almost drop it on them and theres always a few people to rush over and help them out. If theres people, there is ALWAYS someone watching
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesBOMB
    If there is no spotter smith machine is your best bet. IMO if its 225 or under you can just roll it down your body and sit up. If your playing with 3 wheels I dont advise rolling or tipping, maybe screaming. If your at a gym there should be no reason it would get stuck on you unless 1. your alone (3am?) 2. they are *******s. Iv seen alot of people in my gym almost drop it on them and theres always a few people to rush over and help them out. If theres people, there is ALWAYS someone watching
    Agree with everything except Smith Machine. IMO there is no reason the bar should ever fall on you or you get too tired to not be able to lift it if you have no spotter.

    #1: You shouldn't be maxing out without a spotter
    #2: Benching is no game and you should be focused on your goal and limitations at all times
    #3: You don't need to max out to build muscle or strength (I max at 230 lbs but if I am by myself I bench 175 or 185 lbs 10-15 times and be done with it)

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    Military: 111lbsx8; Dips: BWx30; Pullups: BWx10; WChestP: 360lbsx7; 45LegP: 470lbsx20; C Raise: 360lbs; BB Curl: 105lbsx3; Lat Pull: 195lbsx5

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    sometimes it happens, i had a measelly 175 on incline once and i was good for 7 reps, went for 8 but randomly couldnt do it, i just rested it there until some1 was near lol.

    i was lucky, if it was heavy weight i could of been hurt, try to stop 1 rep shy of failure with no spot.
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    Spinlock. This way the weights can never fall off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tofer
    Do you know what happens when you tilt the bar to one side and let two plates slip off, while there are still two plates on the other side? Try it out some time.
    Yes, and it beats being crushed under the weight of the bar.
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    There are much better options.

    Call for help. Someone will notice pretty fast and come save you, assuming you're not stupid enough to bench with no one else around.

    Besides, letting the weights slip off one side can injure you, and injure others when the bar launches in the other direction. You should never be benching beyond your means without a spotter anyways. That's just moronic.

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